WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?
Fair Trade advocates the protection of farmers’ rights by ensuring positive developmental impacts for small-marginalized producers.
Fair Trade is committed to bringing greater justice to the world by requiring that their farmers abide by specific principles. These include transparency, accountability, payment of fair price, no child or forced labor, and respect for the environment. Not only does Granville Island Coffee align with these World Fair Trade Organization codes of practice, we focus particularly on our mutual respect for the environment by maximizing the use of raw materials and utilizing technology to reduce energy consumption.
Buying Granville Island’s coffee supports not only your fellow Canadians, but also the small and disadvantaged coffee farmers wherever coffee is grown.
FAIR TRADE AT WORK
Candelaria Jeronimo Morales picks coffee on her small farm near San Pedro Necta, Guatemala. Candelaria is part of ACODIHUE (Asociacion de Cooperacion al Desarrollo Integral de Huehuetenango), a Fairtrade-certified producer of honey and coffee association in Guatemala.
"Fairtrade as a certification is much more than merely an environmental certification, it is the only and best ethical and social certification that really ensures social and environmental, ethical and economic impact, and therefore human impact."
Coffee farmer, Coopeagri.